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We had so much fun talking about Les Paul on the show.
A new book looks at how the way we think and behave can be shaped by forces we aren't aware of.
Dr. Sally Ride died last month at age 61, of pancreatic cancer. In 2003 Science Friday spoke with Ride.
Cyprus is split in half, with a Turkish sector in the north and a Greek sector in the south. The unofficial division makes scientific collaboration in this Mediterranean island nation all but impossible; it also complicates management of the island's endangered sea turtles.
For this podcast, world renowned architect Mick Pearce joins us from Zimbabwe to talk about the design of the Eastgate Center in Harare. There are no electrical AC units in the building – instead, Pearce used termite mound structure as inspiration for the ventilation system!
Encyclopedia of Life fellow Rosario Castañeda takes us to the back rooms of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, searching through dozens of jars of pickled anole lizards to see the traces of evolution in action.
This week’s EOL podcast begins with a riddle about a life form that’s all around us, yet rarely seen. Working under cover, it sends its ghostly tendrils into almost every corner of the terrestrial world. We associate it with death and decay, but life as we know it would be impossible without it.
Ugandan lepidopterist Perpetra Akite studies at a university in the capital city, far from the farm where she grew up. Since she began studying butterflies as a girl, the landscape of her homeland has changed radically, for butterflies as well as people. It’s change that can be measured in many ways—in the inches of rainfall, acres of forest cleared—or the span of a tiny butterfly’s wings. Ari Daniel Shapiro reports from Kigale.
We're on our way back from an idyllic week in Costa Rica. We've been filming for a solid seven days and we can't even begin to tell you the things we've seen. Frogs, snakes, mammals and insects...oh the insects. When entomologists die, their souls go to Costa Rica.
Insects as food is making headlines again. An article released by The Daily Mail in late January discussed how the European Union is spending 3 million Euro to explore insect protein as a food supplements, as well as using insects to combat food shortages. We decided to re-post our podcast about entomophagy (the eating of insects) in order to start the discussion here on Talking Science!
In this podcast, Ari Daniel Shapiro joins the serious beachcombers along the high-tide line of Sanibel Island, Florida. These “shellers” come in search of beautiful sea shells, sometimes no bigger than a grain of rice, that are the remains of marine snails, bivalves, and other mollusks.
Parasitoid wasps are usually considered beneficial insects because they attack common pests. But according to research by the Scottish Crop Research Institute, there’s one species that may be causing more harm than good. When a good guy goes bad, it’s bound to get interesting.
Human obesity rates are soaring here in America. We take a very Bug Bytes look at how scientists are solving the problem, using insects! You’ll be surprised how insects regulate their body size and fitness. Do 10 jumping jacks and listen to this!
For our first podcast, and just in time for the holidays, we explore the insect stop motion animation work of Ladislaw Starevitch, a Russian insect enthusiast. He created The Insects' Christmas, a lovely short film that’s perfect for the season. So leave out some cookies for Santa and some crumbs for the beetles and join us on Bug Bytes.
You think you know what moths do at night, but there are some that operate outside the norm. And don’t even get us started on caterpillars. We’re looking at counter culture and strange societies in the insect world on this episode of Bug Bytes. So turn on the porch light and press play.
Look out, Harry Potter. This episode of Bug Bytes is all treats, no tricks! In this podcast, see how cultures around the world have used insects for centuries in magic and divination.
Are you ready for some football?? The Bug Bytes team looks at what it takes to make a great mascot, and why yellow jackets are the most popular insect mascot. Hut!
Pop artists get all the glory when it comes to dazzling performances and fabulous costumes - but the insects did it first! In this episode of Bug Bytes, we explore performance art in the insect world. It's insects and art like you've never heard it!
Entomophagy is a growing trend here in the U.S. but let’s face it – for the majority, the “ick” factor prevails. In this episode of Bug Bytes, the Bug Chicks take a bite out of the main reason people aren’t cool with bugs as food and highlight some of the people working to change their minds.
Summer is right around the corner, and with the season comes mosquitoes. This podcast is dedicated to giving you the low-down on some of the most popular insect repellents, both chemical and natural, to keep you healthy and itch-free this season!
The microscope is an essential tool and scientists are pretty devoted to them. In this Bug Bytes podcast, learn a bit about the history of the scope and why looking through the lens can be an eye-opening experience.
Ever wonder where Hollywood gets some of its creatures for science fiction? Or if any of it could be true? This podcast explores some of the science behind the fiction, and why bugs are such popular scapegoats as the bad guys.
Think insects have nothing to do with medicine? Think again. Scientists are using some of the most unlikely bugs to do great things in human medicine. Here we explore an insect we love to hate and how it can help the science of prosthetic limbs.
In this episode of Bug Bytes, we explore new technologies for tracking insects as they are on the move. In South America, orchid bees are wearing radio backpacks, Bees are some of the most important organisms on the planet, and scientists have devised an interesting new way to find out more about them.
Bug Bytes explores the competitive world of spider silk research. Cutting edge research is dissected and we breakdown some silk basics. From metal enhanced silk to some startling work with goats, you’ll quickly get caught in the web.
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